2022 Sport Auto UHP, UUHP and Semi Slick Tire Test

For summer 2022, Sport Auto tested four sets of UHP tires, three sets of UUHP and three semi set of slick track day tires, all in the popular 235/35 R19 size! This is of course very interesting, and in parts a little confusing! 

As the Tire Reviews database doesn't yet have the ability to deal with different types of tires in the same test gracefully, we'll run over the results below before presenting all the data.

UHP

Sport Auto classify the new Continental SportContact 7 as a UHP tire, not a UUHP tire, putting it against the Michelin Pilot Sport 4, not the 4S (which was also missing from this test.) After testing the SportContact 7 in our own UUHP test we're not sure we agree with the category, but we do agree with the result - the Continental SportContact 7 convincingly won the category with a huge advantage in wet braking, but also leading the way in dry braking and dry handling. The SportContact 7 was almost as fast around the handling track as the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2... further evidence it might be more suited to the UUHP category!

The Michelin Pilot Sport 4 placed second, with Sport Auto finding it to have direct and precise steering in the dry, not something we've found before, and Pirelli and Falken rounded out the group with the P Zero PZ4 and FK510.

UUHP

The UUHP category was led by the Bridgestone Potenza Sport, with the tester noting the tires felt great but needed a lot of temperature to warm up, something we have noticed in our own testing! The new Hankook Ventus S1 Evo Z placed second with low noise and good wet handling, and the Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport finished in third place, with Sport Auto saying the car and tire combination didn't work well.

Track

Nankang AR-1 won the track group on points, but looking at the data the Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R (N rated) was the star of dry handling, which is where you want a track tire to excel! The Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 Connect couldn't match the other two in dry grip, but did have a significant advantage in the wet, highlighting that this is a track tire with more usability in the real world.

Dry

Continental led the group in dry braking, with the Nankang AR-1 scoring surprisingly well! We can only assume the tires got a little heat into them during braking, even if the other track tires finished in the last two places.

Fortunately for the track tires, dry handling does add a lot of temperature, and Sport Auto adjusted the pressures to 2.4/2.0 bar once hot. Sadly they give their lap data in average speed, not time, however it was written in the article that the track tires were on average three seconds a lap faster than the average UUHP tire. This was tested at Michelins proving ground in France, which means it would be approximately a 70 second lap in the Hyundia I30N test vehicle.

Wet

Continental once again led wet braking, with the UHP Michelin Pilot Sport 4 and Falken FK510, and UUHP Bridgestone Potenza Sport the next group of tires.

Bridgestone was fastest in wet handling, narrowly beating the UHP Pirelli P Zero. Unsurprisingly the track tires struggled, with the Nankang AR1 having a lot of issues with aquaplaning.

Wet circle closely mirrored wet handling.

The two aquaplaning tests really highlighted how much the track tires struggled in deeper water.

Environment

Pirelli had the quietest tire on test.

The Continental SportContact 7 proved you can be good in the wet AND have low rolling resistance, a blend of qualities that's usually difficult to achieve!

The track tires were the most expensive on test, which given the lowest starting tread depth (see below) shows just how expensive track days can be!

Results

Reminder, the tires are grouped as UHP, UUHP and Track, meaning the actual results are:

UHP - Continental Sportcontact 7, Michelin Pilot Sport 4, Pirelli P Zero PZ4, Falken Azenis FK510

UUHP - Bridgestone Potenza Sport, Hankook Ventus S1 Evo Z, Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport

Track - Nankang AR-1, Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R (N0), Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 (Connect)

1st: Continental SportContact 7

Continental SportContact 7
  • 235/35 R19 91Y
  • EU Label: C/A/72
  • Weight: 9.38kgs
  • Tread: 6.5mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking1st100%
Dry Handling4th-1.7 Km/H98.74%
Wet Braking1st100%
Wet Handling1st0%
Wet Handling4th-2.3 Km/H97.44%
Wet Circle2nd-0.11 m/s98.5%
Straight Aqua2nd-0.8 Km/H98.86%
Curved Aquaplaning6th-0.2 m/sec291.3%
Noise3rd+0.3 dB99.56%
Price3rd+45 75.54%
Rolling Resistance1st100%
Outstanding braking in wet and dry conditions at everyday road and tire temperatures. Despite small limitations in the sports rating very balanced.
Small deficits in longitudinal aquaplaning and ride comfort.
Outstanding safety reserves in everyday life.

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1st: Nankang AR 1

Nankang AR 1
  • 235/35 R19 91Y
  • EU Label: F/E/72
  • Weight: 11.35kgs
  • Tread: 4.8mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking2nd+0.2 M99.41%
Dry Handling2nd-0.4 Km/H99.7%
Wet Braking10th+13.6 M66.91%
Wet Handling10th-27.5 s0%
Wet Handling10th-19.4 Km/H78.44%
Wet Circle10th-1.24 m/s83.11%
Straight Aqua10th-15.7 Km/H77.57%
Curved Aquaplaning10th-0.6 m/sec273.91%
Noise9th+1.7 dB97.56%
Price8th+91 60.43%
Rolling Resistance9th+1.6 kg / t84%
Race tire typical, rather soft turn in, high level of grip dependant on temperature, understeer balance which is easy to control.
Critical handling and high aquaplaning in the wet, very loud noise and vibrations.
The slick like Nankang AR-1 is top on track, but nothing for the street, and loud as hell.

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1st: Bridgestone Potenza Sport

Bridgestone Potenza Sport
  • 235/35 R19 91Y
  • EU Label: D/A/72
  • Weight: 10.11kgs
  • Tread: 6.6mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking7th+2.2 M93.84%
Dry Handling5th-1.9 Km/H98.59%
Wet Braking4th+3 M90.16%
Wet Handling4th-27.5 s0%
Wet Handling1st100%
Wet Circle1st100%
Straight Aqua5th-1 Km/H98.57%
Curved Aquaplaning2nd-0.01 m/sec299.57%
Noise10th+2.5 dB96.45%
Price5th+61 69.5%
Rolling Resistance8th+1.5 kg / t84.85%
Outstanding and safe cornering dynamics on wet and dry routes, combined with surprisingly good aquaplaning prevention. High steering agility and precision.
For every day relevant driving, only moderate braking and grip in the wet and dry.
Precise and uncompromisingly sporty – only safe to drive when the tires are warm.

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2nd: Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R

Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R
  • 235/35 R19 91Y
  • EU Label: D/B/71
  • Weight: 9.65kgs
  • Tread: 5mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking10th+2.5 M93.06%
Dry Handling1st100%
Wet Braking9th+12.5 M68.75%
Wet Handling9th-27.5 s0%
Wet Handling9th-9.6 Km/H89.33%
Wet Circle9th-0.67 m/s90.87%
Straight Aqua9th-9.1 Km/H87%
Curved Aquaplaning9th-0.3 m/sec286.96%
Noise8th+1.5 dB97.84%
Price9th+101 57.92%
Rolling Resistance10th+1.8 kg / t82.35%
Very precise steering behavior with a high level of lateral support, Wide, confidence-inspiring threshold range, neutral to slightly understeering balance, easily calculable load change reaction, strong traction.
Harder to control in the wet, longer braking distances in the dry, needs temperature to work.
The Porsche OE is a perfect match for the Hyundai test vehicle.

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2nd: Hankook Ventus S1 Evo Z K129

Hankook Ventus S1 Evo Z K129
  • 235/35 R19 91Y
  • EU Label: D/A/72
  • Weight: 9.95kgs
  • Tread: 7mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking7th+2.2 M93.84%
Dry Handling6th-3.8 Km/H97.19%
Wet Braking7th+6.5 M80.88%
Wet Handling7th-27.5 s0%
Wet Handling3rd-2.1 Km/H97.67%
Wet Circle6th-0.26 m/s96.46%
Straight Aqua2nd-0.8 Km/H98.86%
Curved Aquaplaning1st100%
Noise2nd+0.2 dB99.71%
Price2nd+43 76.37%
Rolling Resistance4th+1.1 kg / t88.42%
With the exception of the longer braking distances, very safe to drive in the wet thanks to very good aquaplaning precautions. Dynamically sporty, but still not very confidence inspiring handling characteristics.
Poor braking performance, especially in the wet. Only moderate directional stability when braking hard in the dry.
Inexpensive everyday athlete with only small deficits.

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2nd: Michelin Pilot Sport 4

Michelin Pilot Sport 4
  • 235/35 R19 91Y
  • EU Label: C/A/71
  • Weight: 10.43kgs
  • Tread: 6.1mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking4th+1.3 M96.26%
Dry Handling9th-5.2 Km/H96.15%
Wet Braking2nd+2.5 M91.67%
Wet Handling2nd-27.5 s0%
Wet Handling6th-2.4 Km/H97.33%
Wet Circle4th-0.22 m/s97%
Straight Aqua1st100%
Curved Aquaplaning7th-0.2 m/sec291.3%
Noise6th+0.6 dB99.12%
Price7th+73 65.57%
Rolling Resistance2nd+0.1 kg / t98.82%
Very spontaneous, direct, precise and dynamic on dry roads while still being safe in the wet. Fulfills sporting demands.
Limited in the wet, subjectively quite sensitive to puddles, low self damping.

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3rd: Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport

Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport
  • 235/35 R19 91Y
  • EU Label: D/A/72
  • Weight: 9.99kgs
  • Tread: 7.1mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking6th+2 M94.37%
Dry Handling8th-4.6 Km/H96.59%
Wet Braking6th+6 M82.09%
Wet Handling6th-27.5 s0%
Wet Handling4th-2.3 Km/H97.44%
Wet Circle4th-0.22 m/s97%
Straight Aqua6th-1.3 Km/H98.14%
Curved Aquaplaning3rd-0.1 m/sec295.65%
Noise7th+0.9 dB98.69%
Price4th+52 72.77%
Rolling Resistance5th+1.4 kg / t85.71%
With the exception of the longer braking distances and a certain sensitivity to load changes, still balanced performance in the wet. In the dry, the car and tire doesn't work well together.
Weak braking performance in the everyday temperature range, here also stability deficits during quick evasive manoeuvres. Sensitive to load changes in the wet.

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3rd: Pirelli P Zero PZ4

Pirelli P Zero PZ4
  • 235/35 R19 91Y
  • EU Label: C/A/71
  • Weight: 10.37kgs
  • Tread: 7.5mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking3rd+1.1 M96.82%
Dry Handling7th-4.4 Km/H96.74%
Wet Braking5th+4.9 M84.88%
Wet Handling5th-27.5 s0%
Wet Handling2nd-0.6 Km/H99.33%
Wet Circle3rd-0.14 m/s98.09%
Straight Aqua8th-4.6 Km/H93.43%
Curved Aquaplaning3rd-0.1 m/sec295.65%
Noise1st100%
Price6th+63 68.81%
Rolling Resistance5th+1.4 kg / t85.71%
Despite longer baking distances,s thanks to the good handling, neater cornering and very neutral balance. Sporty, safe, fast.
Longer braking distances in the wet, limited cornering strength.

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3rd: Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 Connect

Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 Connect
  • 235/35 R19 91Y
  • EU Label: D/C/70
  • Weight: 10.43kgs
  • Tread: 5.3mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking9th+2.3 M93.58%
Dry Handling3rd-1.3 Km/H99.04%
Wet Braking8th+10 M73.33%
Wet Handling8th-27.5 s0%
Wet Handling8th-6.6 Km/H92.67%
Wet Circle8th-0.41 m/s94.41%
Straight Aqua7th-4 Km/H94.29%
Curved Aquaplaning3rd-0.1 m/sec295.65%
Noise3rd+0.3 dB99.56%
Price10th+145 48.94%
Rolling Resistance3rd+1 kg / t89.36%
Astonishingly high wet grip potential for a cup tire, but with a very narrow limit range. High precision and very confidence inspiring drivability in the sporty, dynamic speed range.
Longer braking distances in every day temperature ranges, pronounced sensitivity to load changes and severe oversteer in the wet, poor comfort.
Easily manageable track tires.

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4th: Falken Azenis FK510

Falken Azenis FK510
  • 235/35 R19 91Y
  • EU Label: D/A/71
  • Weight: 10.76kgs
  • Tread: 7.4mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking5th+1.5 M95.71%
Dry Handling10th-8.1 Km/H94%
Wet Braking3rd+2.8 M90.76%
Wet Handling3rd-27.5 s0%
Wet Handling7th-3.1 Km/H96.56%
Wet Circle7th-0.31 m/s95.78%
Straight Aqua4th-0.9 Km/H98.71%
Curved Aquaplaning7th-0.2 m/sec291.3%
Noise3rd+0.3 dB99.56%
Price1st100%
Rolling Resistance5th+1.4 kg / t85.71%
Short braking and safe and easy to control in the wet.
ess sporty and very sluggish in the dry, low steering precision.

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